Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Templars and the return of Hugh Corbett!

In December, Headline will be publishing “The Templar Magician” a sequel to “The Templar”.

This is a vividly dramatic plot played out against the bloody background of Palestine and twelfth century England where the dark and deep desires of the power-hungry twist and turn to achieve their ends. A novel based firmly on fact, “The Templar Magician” also speculates on the truth behind the macabre finds in the crypt of the Temple church at Temple Bruer in Lincolnshire and the chilling ghost stories surrounding the manor of Borley in Essex….

In June 2010 – the next Hugh Corbett will appear: “The Mysterium

February 1304, a mysterious, savage assassin has returned to prowl the cold narrow alleyways of both London and Westminster. The Mysterium, a cunning killer, was apparently unmasked many years earlier so, why has he returned? Or is someone else imitating his brutal methods? The Mysterium re-emerges during a time of scandal and crisis. Walter Evesham, Chief Justice in the Court of King’s Bench, has fallen from power accused of bribery and corruption. Evesham has fled for sanctuary to the Abbey of Syon on Thames to live as a recluse and make reparation for his past sins. The Mysterium however, has not forgotten the former Chief Justice. Eudo Longstreet, the Chief Justice’s Clerk is murdered. On his victim’s brow the Mysterium carved his notorious insignia before lashing Longstreet to a corpse cut down from a gibbet and rolling both of them into the Thames. The following morning Evesham is found gruesomely murdered in his cell at Syon Abbey.

Despite all his precautions and protection, Evesham proves to be another victim of the malevolent Mysterium. Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the King’s Secret Seal, together with his clerk Ranulf-atte-Newgate, are ordered to investigate these hideous murders, hunt down the Mysterium and bring him justice. Corbett reluctantly agrees, aware that he is not only to resolve the murderous mayhem of the day but to search out the roots of more ancient sins which have secretly festered over the years before yielding their own heinous fruit. Corbett moves from the grandeur of Westminster and the hallowed serenity of London’s great churches and abbeys to the fetid runnels and sinister sanctuary places of those who constantly hide from the light and cloak their murderous deeds in the deepest darkness.

The Mysterium proves to be a shrewd, cunning adversary. Corbett has to pit all his wit and strength in his deadly confrontation against this most murderous soul.

I hope readers will love each of these novels!

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At October 28, 2009 at 4:48 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Awesome! Must get through my current three books first!

At January 19, 2010 at 10:17 PM , Blogger Jo Rawlings said...

Have just read Templers Magician, having got the book 3 days ago!
Can't wait for the next Hugh Corbett. Paul, could you write a bit faster please?!?

At March 2, 2010 at 8:44 AM , Blogger Labienus said...

What a pity! My english is too poor to read your books in Shakespear's language.....
As said Jo Rawlings, dear Paul, 'could you write a bit faster'...
Can you insist on your french editor about the translation in Moliere's language...

At October 11, 2010 at 1:59 AM , Blogger Joanna Z. said...

Am currently reading "The Mysterium" and loving every second of it. I've noticed that your Hugh Corbett, as well as some of the weightier historical novels are written in a more poetic, evocative language than the more pastoral small town crime stories. Very impressive.

Haven't read "The Templar" yet, but by the sounds of it, I better get on it!!!

BTW, I'm writing from Toronto, Canada, where we have a fabulous Festival of Authors (, where a number of your fellow Brits cross the ocean to read their work. It's a great, well-attended festival right in the heart of Toronto... would be awesome if you could make your way down some time...

Anyhow, love your work, so keep it coming!!!

Joanna Zurowski

At January 23, 2011 at 6:08 PM , Blogger LM said...

I read Hugh Corbett series in random order as I got them in the library. I then bought books and re-read them in correct order. I appreciated characters and plot details better. The Arctic weather in December 2010 made the winter scenes so vivid. Excellent series!
I also love the Roman series.


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